It's been a whirlwind two years for Toronto-based new-school house duo Art Department. In that stretch of time, the pair has put out four singles and The Drawing Board, its critically acclaimed debut LP. Through that span, Art Department has created a dark musical world that reflects the seedy underbelly of nightlife, portraying it as a pleasure zone lost in the excess and abandon of a month spent below the surface on ketamine. Read more »
UK dancehall crew The Heatwave has put together a documentary about the history of Britain's dancehall scene and the convergence of Jamaican reggae with UK club culture. Titled Showtime, it focuses on a stage show of the same name which took place last summer and featured icons of jungle and grime MCing over classic riddims. Artists in the film include such heavy-hitting names as Wiley, General Levy, Riko, Lady Chann, Flow Dan, and more. In support of the documentary, which is out now, The Heatwave has remixed "Leader" from rising star Stylo G (pictured above) into a more cavernous and compressed dancehall number. Download the new version below, and also take a look at the Showtime trailer, which is posted after the jump Read more »
While the world patiently awaits his forthcoming Personality LP, UK tune specialist Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) has shared the b-side from his 12" single for "The Hope." "Flash Addict" is a heavily percussive and densely atmospheric cut that exhibits Rose's knack for combining sonic subtlety, infectious rhythm, and unique sound design in one propulsive club production. If the b-side of Scuba's single sounds this good, you can imagine what the main event will bring when it drops on February 6.
After contributing a standout track to Dropping Gems' recent Gem Drops Two compilation, Portland producer Natasha Kmeto has revealed plans to return to the label with a new EP, The Ache (artwork above). "Detox Saturday" appears towards the end of the forthcoming endeavor with a bouncing beat, space-age synths, and some deliciously buzzing low-end glides. The heavenly vocal harmonies which float atop the beat are Kmteo's own, side-chained and looped in order to add an extra sense of rhythm and movement to the three-minute endeavor. We're told to expect similarly vibrant efforts that combine bass-centric productions with hearty helpings of soulful vocals when The Ache drops on February 14. You can peep the full tracklist for the forthcoming EP after the jump. Read more »
For much of the past decade, Scott Hansen has been piling up accolades as an artist. But prior to last year, it's fair to say that he was often thought of as an amazing graphic designer who also happened to make some nice tunes under the name Tycho. In 2012, following the widespread acclaim surrounding Dive, his most recent full-length, Hansen's musical chops have moved to the forefront, and it's likely that a certain portion of Tycho fans now know a lot more about his songs than his design work. Questions of perception aside, there's little doubt that the San Francisco-based Hansen is an incredibly talented individual. But given that the recent spotlight has shifted toward his musical output, we figured now would be a good time to delve into Tycho's studio and find out a little more about exactly how he creates his rich, synth-laden soundscapes.
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